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Nokia Launches its Nokia X Android Smartphones to Connect the Next Billion to the Internet

nokia_xlNokia has introduced  the Nokia X, a family of affordable smartphones that run Android™ apps, Microsoft services and other Nokia experiences in a move to push everyone online.

Introduced today at the Mobile World Congress, the  smartphones, dubbed Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and The firm also launched the Nokia Asha 230 , a full-touch Asha device to date, priced at EUR 45 and the Nokia 220, a EUR 29 Internet-ready mobile phone.

According to Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services, “Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and today we demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences.”

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“Our deliberate approach is to offer four tiers of products including our affordable entry-level devices like the new Nokia 220; our entry-level Asha touch phones like the new Nokia Asha 230; our new Nokia X, X+ and XL smartphones primarily for growth economies; and our Lumia portfolio, which is where we introduce the greatest innovation and provide full compatibility with the Microsoft experience,” he added.

The Nokia X family phones have a Lumia inspired interface,  have the Nokia Store and have Misrosoft apps such as Skype, One Drive  and more than a dozen third-party app stores. The phones have free HERE Maps, Nokia MixRadio  and other pre-loaded third-party apps and games.

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The first device, the Nokia X, comes with a 4” IPS capacitive display and 3MP camera. The Nokia X+ is optimised for multimedia enthusiasts, who can enjoy even more games, music, photos and video thanks to more memory and storage. Both the Nokia X and X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white[1]. The third family member, the Nokia XL, boasts a 5” display with 2MP front-facing camera – ideal for Skype video calls – and a 5MP rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white. The entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ dual core processor and supports Dual SIM, letting people switch SIM cards to get better tariffs.


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The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at EUR 89[2] and rolling-out in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out in these markets starting early second quarter, priced at EUR 99 and EUR 109, respectively.



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